Arlene Samen has been a Nurse Practitioner in Maternal Fetal Medicine for over 33 years. In 2004, she left behind her clinical practice to dedicate her life to serving pregnant women living in the most vulnerable conditions in the most remote places of the world. By 2009, she started One Heart World-Wide, which spread its life saving "network of safety" model to 60,000 women remote villages in Nepal, the Copper Canyon in Mexico, and deep into the amazon jungle in Ecuador where few dared to go. Arlene is the recepient of many awards, including CNN Hero, Unsung Heroes for Acts of Compassion in 2001, the Soroptimist Women Making a Difference Award, and the Stevie Awards “Women helping Women.” She has been a presenter all around the world and is a guest lecturer at Stanford and UCSF.
Arlene likes to mention that she grew up in Buckingham Palace and was as rich as could be. In fact, Arlene was one of three children living with a twenty-one-year-old single mother in Bu